INVESTIGATION: Bayelsa Governor hires world’s most ruthless hackers for N100M to hack computers, phones in Nigeria

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor
Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

The Bayelsa state government paid close to one hundred million naira to an Italian firm, Hacking Team, to hack computers and phones in Nigeria, new information emerging from the firm’s leaked internal data has shown.

Hacking Team, notorious for equipping governments with tools to hack citizens’ computers and phones, was itself hacked Sunday night and 415 gigabyte of internal data leaked to the public.

Researchers have been pouring through the leaked documents since it was first leaked Sunday night, throwing up many shocking details of the firm’s secret dealings with Bayelsa state and other repressive governments, including Sudan, Russia, and Bahrain.

Documents seen by PREMIUM TIMES show that the Bayelsa government, a small state in Nigeria’s oil rich Niger Delta, paid Hacking Team N98 million to carry out internet attacks, in what appears to be the most ambitious hacking project by a Nigerian state government.

The contract was signed in late 2013, Hacking Team’s internal documents, leaked after the Sunday night hack attack on the company, show.

Details of the extent of the attacks Hacking Team carried out on behalf of the state is not clear at the moment.

The contract with the Bayelsa government is classified as “intelligence ” – the same class with contracts the firm unlawfully held with Russia and Sudan.

Hacking Team's clients.
Hacking Team’s clients.

The cost of Bayelsa government’s contract with the firm is equivalent to what the Russian government recently paid the firm for maintenance of its Remote Control System. And worth more than what Turkey, Columbia and Bahrain paid to the firm.

Hacking Team, now learning how it feels to have one’s privacy breached, is notorious for developing intrusive softwares for state clients who use them to hack citizen’s computers and smartphones. Hacking Team’s twitter account was hacked and used to announce the hack.

The firm claims its intrusion softwares – Remote Control Systems – are the most invasive and ruthless, with ability to compromise most operating systems, except iOS – but including jail-broken iOS.

In one video commercial, it boasted that its software could hack offline and encrypted computers and smartphones, even if the target was outside the government’s “monitoring domain”.

Hacking Team’s Remote Control Systems are more dangerous and intrusive than the WISE technology the Nigerian government bought from Israeli company, Elbit in 2013.

While WISE depended on transmitted data such as voice calls, social media postings, and number plates, Hacking Team specialized in software that had full capabilities to hack, compromise your gadget and silently steal stored data like SMS, Whatsapp messages, call records, and photos.

Galileo, one of the company’s most evil softwares, is also able to secretly take snapshots and record conversations of its victims.

Hacking Team is loathed by digital activists and freedom of expression advocates all over the world for helping oppressive regimes abuses citizens’ right to privacy and freedom of speech.

Reporters Without Borders listed the firm on its Enemies of the Internet index due to its primary surveillance tool, Da Vinci.

The video below is a an advertisement for Hacking Team’s primary surveillance tool, Da Vinci.

Few weeks ago, co-founder David Vincenzetti joked in emails about how bad a leak would be for Hacking Team. In one of the leaked internal emails, he described the firm’s product as the “evilest” technology ever developed on earth.

The hacking software is originally designed as a country-wide attack tool.

The intentions of the Bayelsa state government in purchasing the software is unclear at this time.

As at the time the Bayelsa state government acquired the software, the state was not known to be under any external cyber aggression.

But it’s governor, Seriake Dickson, was persecuting a citizen over critical Facebook comments.

It was also in the run-up to the 2015 general elections.

During the same period, PREMIUM TIMES and few other Nigerian news organisations believed to be critical of the former regime, led by Goodluck Jonathan, suffered several cyber attacks.

Mr. Jonathan is from Bayelsa state and enjoyed absolute loyalty from Mr. Dickson at the time.

Hacking Team did not sell its software directly to the Bayelsa state government. The transaction was channeled through an Israeli company, NICE, and then V&V Nigeria.

V&V, also Israeli-owned, is known to have close relationship with former Bayelsa state governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

V&V is responsible for the supply of many government hacking tools in Nigeria. PREMIUM TIMES had earlier this year exclusively reported how V&V won a N6 billion contract, back in 2010, for a N6 billion strategic GSM Tracking System for the Nigeria Police Force and expansion/upgrade of the existing system with Nigeria’s secret police, the State Security Service.

The Bayelsa Governor could not be reached to comment for this story.

His spokesperson, Daniel Iworiso-Markson did not answer or return calls seeking comment. He is also yet to respond to a text message sent to him. And so also is Dan Kikile, the state commissioner for information.

Read our previous report on this topic.


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  • amazing2012

    No wonder they keep killing people by tracking their movements !

    • Intoto

      senseless comment.

      • amazing2012

        Senseless ? OK tell us what the gadget is used for ?

        • Intoto

          sarap almajiri.

          • amazing2012

            What is almajir and who is almajiri ? Christianity has taught you how to hate others for what they have not made themselves ! Your Sarap go to who made almajiri, that is God. Gradually your fight and madness has directly pointed at God !
            Who made almajiri?
            Did almajiri chose who to be ?
            Blaspheme for attacking God and you brought God cursed on yourself !!

          • Intoto

            Yawn zzzzzzzzzzzz

          • amazing2012

            You never made any reasonable comment that will indicate knowledge or your ability to study reasons. Every of your comments is confirming mental retardation through smoking ganja by a prostrated mind. Please seek help from psychiatric clinic nearby !

  • Mayo

    It is good that Premium Times brought this information to the attention of the general Nigerian public but at the same time Premium Time should stick to facts, avoid innuendos and avoid sensationalism.

    1) This article says ‘Hacking team’ had ‘unlawful contracts’ with Russia and Sudan. That is false. There is nothing ‘unlawful’ about the contracts. Premium Times can argue (as most privacy watchdogs have done) that the tools were used for nefarious purposes but that doesn’t make the contract to get the software illegal.
    2) Is Premium Time saying the Bayelsa government was willing to spend 100 Million Naira just to hack one person?
    3) Premium Times has no hard or circumstantial evidence yet they have conveyed the message that GEJ had a hand in the contract with this group. In addition, this contract ended in 2013 (this is 2 years before the election). If GEJ wanted this for election purposes, wouldn’t this contract have been renewed/run till 2015?

    Once again, Premium Times has turned a piece of good reporting into a piece of biased reporting and unnneccessary sensationalism.

    • tundemash

      Read properly before you rush to exonerate your looting masters.

      The contract was signed in late 2013, Hacking Team’s internal documents, leaked after the Sunday night hack attack on the company, show.
      So how did the contract end in 2013 unless you are privy to insider information and let us know that.

      During the same period, PREMIUM TIMES and few other Nigerian news organisations believed to be critical of the former regime, led by Goodluck Jonathan, suffered several cyber attacks.
      So how does this translate to one person unless you are using same formula of 16>19?

      • Mayo

        I read the dump directly in twitter. The contract expired in 2013. Doesn’t matter when it was signed. It expired in 2013

        According to this article by Premium Times, …As at the time the Bayelsa state government acquired the software, the state was not known to be under any external cyber aggression.
        But it’s governor, Seriake Dickson, was persecuting a citizen over critical Facebook comments.

        • tundemash

          You read on twitter and came to respond on PremiumTimes …… how sensible ?

          If your problem is with the amount of money the hacking company admitted in their leaked documents that they took from Bayelsa, then you give us the correct figure.
          How does the fact that “US Department of Defense, CIA and some other US groups had contracts with this group” exonerate your looting masters from the misuse of public fund? How does the hacking contract benefit the millions of shoeless people at the creek ?

          The fact is the contract was another bogus trick they used to siphon public money. End of !!

          • Intoto

            Answer his question and stop deflecting by asking senseless questions.

            If you have hard evidence the contract was a trick to siphon public money please provide it. If not don’t be a fat head and shut the f*ck up. End off!

          • tundemash

            You cl0wn is enough evidence that money meant for your education was siphoned !

          • Intoto

            When your mother gave birth to you her toto sighed. Inbred.

          • tundemash

            Yu just confirmed what i said. You are an evidence of GEJ’s misrule !

      • burning spear

        as for u no need attacking u– and tinubu—yr Yoruba brother who is yet to recover from his defeat in the house and senate-although we know u are a faceless Ibo manu

    • another PT lie

      when a media house gets to this level—it loses direction——u have people refute yr stories–u better pack and go————————–

      It has been brought to our attention that Premium Times, a popular Nigerian online magazine, has alleged that Chief Femi Fani-Kayode wrote the following words on his Facebook page- ”For rejecting Jonathan, Nigerians deserve Boko Haram”. This is false and, needless to say, Chief Fani-Kayode has never and would never say such a thing or harbor such a horrendous and heartless view.
      For the last few years Chief Fani-Kayode has been one of the loudest and most strident voices against Boko Haram in Nigeria and he has continously and courageously condemned them. He has also continously expressed his grave concerns about the barbarity and sheer evil that they have unleashed on the Nigerian people and he has constantly expressed his condolences to and support for the families whose loved ones have been murdered by them over the years.
      For Premium Times or anyone else to allege that Chief Fani-Kayode wrote that the Nigerian people ”deserve Boko Haram” under any circumstances is not just mischievous but it is also irresponsible and malicious. It is a wicked lie which is designed to endanger the life and reputation of Chief Fani-Kayode and to subject him to public odium, ridicule, outrage and opprobium.
      We challenge anyone that doubts the veracity of our contention to go and read Chief Fani-Kayode’s write-up on his Facebook wall because it is still there. They should point out where President Jonathan’s name was mentioned and they should also point out where he wrote that ”Nigerians deserve Boko Haram”.
      We urge our friends in the media to please check their sources properly before going to press and to quote people accurately. They should also treat such matters in a thoroughly honest and professional manner and with the greatest sensitivity. Since yesterday night we have been inundated with calls from concerned Nigerians about this fake headline and we have had to go to great lengths to set the record straight.

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  • tundemash

    Creek rats, Tawanda, Otile , Share idea, GEJ4EVER, do you see how your 13% derivative, OMPADEC and amnesty money is being spent ? Keep seeing Tinubu in your dreams while teh rogues at your homes keep stealing the future of your unfortunate children !

    • Intoto

      When ya mazza gave bath to you her toto sighed.

      • tundemash

        F00l, i guess una mama to at the creek is that worthless !

  • igbiki

    Which Bayelsa State? Na Dr Johnny Jona!

    The More You Look The Less You See,

    That Was The Hand Of Bayelsa State But The Voice Of Mr Jonathan.

    And In The End Just Like The Hacked Team, What Was The Benefit?

    Election Lost, And The Hacked Team Hacked!

    • burning spear

      may be it was Jonathan who made it impossible for tinubu to float his candidate as president of the senate–and speaker of the house

      • Wähala

        At least Tinubu floated his candidate, Porf. Yemi Osinbajo. How convenient for you to forget that name. Ode!

      • igbiki

        That is a different Kettle of Fish, my Dearest!

  • FactsandFigures

    Nigerian politicians do not understand what it means to be leaders in this present century. One by one, their nefarious acts are exposed to the laughing stock of the worldwide community. Now Dickson and co is taking cover, avoiding simple questions. See how wasteful they are. It would have been better for them to invest in good governance to silence critics, instead they engaged in subterfuge which is inherently more expensive. I believe that bit by bit, the system will be sanitized. We will certainly get there. Thanks, Premium Times. If you can go a bit further and publish names of those who were hacked or contact them privately, they definitely have a case against the Bayela government. Any competent lawyer will get damages awarded for this flagrant invasion of privacy.

  • rigobert

    THANK YOU O, PREMIUM TIMES,

    SO THIS USELESS IJAW MAN; THIS SO-CALLED CALLED DICKSON

    IS THE ONE WHO HACKED MY COMPUTER, EHN, EHN, I DEY COME.

    I NEVER GO. I DON’T TAKE SUCH NONSENSE. I SPENT 50,000 NAIRA

    TO RESET MY COMPUTER. I WILL SHOW DICKSON. JUST WAIT O!

    • Burning spear

      @WAHALA WAIT UNTIL AN iBO MAN BECOMES PRESIDENT—–THEN WE CAN TALK–until that happens just keep yr regional mouth shut

  • BFeely

    I just fired up my Tor browser and sent the Business Software Alliance an anonymous tip against Hacking Team for using pirated copies of Windows, Office, and Adobe Acrobat.
    (I hope nobody from TorrentFreak is stalking me…)

    • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

      way to drop names!
      If you are what you are trying to project, you would know no one gives a flying crap about Microsoft or adobe!

      • BFeely

        It’s more to kill off this Hacking Team before they become a threat again.

  • IskaCountryman

    no one can question how a governor spends his security vote…remember?…

    • Burning spear

      on what did the governors in the south west spend their security votes——was it on MOSSOB

      • IskaCountryman

        why are you questioning me?…dimwit…

  • redeem

    rubbish–most often PT thinks Nigerians are fools–this was how they attempted to tarnish the IMAGE of FFK with their false report–what does the Bayelsa state government intend to gain from such action–is Dickson now a presidential candidate of PDP—for the people of the niger delta? The story does not make sense one little bit-

    • GEJinsideDUSTBIN

      Hackers don’t need to be at Abuja to do their job. Dickson was apparently working for GEJ just like all those who deceived him during his re-election campaign. I told you that God, men and the devil were all against him

      • BURNING SPEAR

        @wahala———-over 90 percent of the stories carried on dickson by PT had something to do with his fight with the first lady–how did that help Jonathan–sadly u are an Ibo man—–

  • Shahokaya

    Just imagine a state that is so underdeveloped like Bayelsa yet its leaders will squander such huge amount for hacking. My be they were hacking into Jega’s Inec on behave of mr ogogoro.

    • burning spear

      See why the Yorubas were used and dumped by the Fulanis cause they have not brain–Even after the murder of Akintola and abiola they still went on to serve their masters in the Fulani north——–Is tinubu not quiet now?———————I have been one of the biggest critics of the Dickson government— why have they not been able to stop me from posting anti Dickson comments on the web?–rather its APC and their agents that have been trying over the years to assassinate me–through various diabolical means–

      • Wähala

        You, clowning… “–through various diabolical means–”
        Hhahahahaha choi! Who doesn’t know how to catch a monkey should hide his face in shame…
        Are you Yoruba, why are you suffering splitting headache over Bola Tinubu… did you silence the Asiwaju?
        Dickson is an ex-police goon and a former CP under Dr. Jon Dumbo as Gov. of Baysela State, he was spying for OgaOgogoro who now has enough time to gulp una favorite juice, wait for all the details of their evil and illegal spying to surface… Dat na wenn you know why I know Dumbo will end up at The Hague. Mumu, the Italian mafia outfit has sold been bought to give away your moron, sold out! Look within… Ode buruku!

        • burning spear

          Monkey—what concerns u with Dickson——————then—–as an Ibo man?—————–That Dickson whose fracas with the first lady has been making the headlines in yr APC mouthpiece–known as PT——–will hire a firm to hack into the dirty profile of Buhari or tinubu–who does not know them smelly certificate forging and drug dealing past in Nigeria—–of what benefit are they to him——–is all well between the yorubas and fulanis now–U are too empty for my taste–

        • Intoto

          When your mother gave birth to you her toto sighed.

      • GEJinsideDUSTBIN

        Why would Dickson stop an Ijaw man like you, Deri Orbuka? Are you not birds of a feather? Where is the brain in Ijaw land? Certainly not with Jonah who is already smouldering in the dustbin on account of his mental state or Asari Dokubo who took Ijaw money to establish a University in Cotonou. Does Orubebe and Edwin Clarke with his rotten teeth think that Abuja is an Ijaw land by building mansion there?

        • burning spear

          Imagine the silly views of an Ibo man—who are u—my friend——————-Ijaws have no right to erect houses in abuja–but the Ibos via elrufai can—–abi—wait until u see what the fulani will do to the Ibos—-It will be worst that what the Yorubas are suffering today————-already boko haram prisoners are being sent to the south east—————what have yr governors been able to say–nothing—toooo scared to open their janjaweed stock-fish chewing mouths-abi

          • GEJinsideDUSTBIN

            Those bacteria from Clams, Oysters and Periwinkles has destroyed your brain. Retard!!

        • Intoto

          Shut your dirty stinking mouth. While you are drinking garri and looking for lizard to chop Jona dey Miami or dubai or dey inside his Otueke mansion dey enjoy life. Dey there Ode.

          • GEJinsideDUSTBIN

            You are a typical lazy ass, retarded, ogogoro drinking and dog eating Ijaw BUM.

          • Intoto

            hahahahaha lazy ass ko, retarded ni.

            Go back to your relatives in the zoo and stop embarassing yourself here.

          • GEJinsideDUSTBIN

            Donkey!!

          • Intoto

            When your mother gave birth you her toto sighed mtcheeeew.

  • another PT lie

    It has been brought to our attention that Premium Times, a popular Nigerian online magazine, has alleged that Chief Femi Fani-Kayode wrote the following words on his Facebook page- ”For rejecting Jonathan, Nigerians deserve Boko Haram”. This is false and, needless to say, Chief Fani-Kayode has never and would never say such a thing or harbor such a horrendous and heartless view.
    For the last few years Chief Fani-Kayode has been one of the loudest and most strident voices against Boko Haram in Nigeria and he has continously and courageously condemned them. He has also continously expressed his grave concerns about the barbarity and sheer evil that they have unleashed on the Nigerian people and he has constantly expressed his condolences to and support for the families whose loved ones have been murdered by them over the years.
    For Premium Times or anyone else to allege that Chief Fani-Kayode wrote that the Nigerian people ”deserve Boko Haram” under any circumstances is not just mischievous but it is also irresponsible and malicious. It is a wicked lie which is designed to endanger the life and reputation of Chief Fani-Kayode and to subject him to public odium, ridicule, outrage and opprobium.
    We challenge anyone that doubts the veracity of our contention to go and read Chief Fani-Kayode’s write-up on his Facebook wall because it is still there. They should point out where President Jonathan’s name was mentioned and they should also point out where he wrote that ”Nigerians deserve Boko Haram”.
    We urge our friends in the media to please check their sources properly before going to press and to quote people accurately. They should also treat such matters in a thoroughly honest and professional manner and with the greatest sensitivity. Since yesterday night we have been inundated with calls from concerned Nigerians about this fake headline and we have had to go to great lengths to set the record straight.

  • another PT lie

    That is PT for u—the buhari ati elrufai mouth organ

  • another PT lie

    APC should move on to fashion ideas that would propel the country to a fresh start–and not have their CIA agents manufacture childish stories—————–the party that hired foreign media outlets and PR firms was APC to destroy the image of Jonathan–now this attack is coming at a period——Nigeria have come to realise APC is the monster that should be gotten rid of–instead of PDP–

    • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

      So APC (with the help of the CIA) forced Jonathan to marry Mama peace?
      was It APC’s idea to lie about Jonathan’s fictitious call with the King of Morocco?
      What about Aalamiyeghba or whatever his name is, is it APC that forced the hand of Jonathan to pardon a convicted criminal, calling said criminal ‘his boss’?

      …get the hell out of here!, you deranged simian!

      • Intoto

        ” Aalamiyeghba ” – very funny, lwkm. But you be B A S T A R D sha.

  • GEJ left a legacy–buhari nko

    Stallion Motors Volkswagen Nigeria Assembly Plant in Lagos Starts Operation – by Chinedu Nwosu, Lagos.

    President Jonathan’s Auto Policy in Action.

    Transformation agenda is the one of the legacies of Goodluck Jonathan, and Nigeria will be reaping the benefits of the Auto policies Stallion Motors Volkswagon states Assembly in Nigeria Joining Nissan, Toyata, Kia, Mercedes.

    The President that prevented bloodshed by doing what Buhari failed to do in 2011.

    The President that left empty treasury from which over N1.2Trillion was drawn within 3weeks.

    The President that called the bluff of USA, and sourced arms from other countries via any means just to dislodge Boko haram.

    The President that has urged the citizens to support Buhari in the fight against terrorism even when Buhari is clueless about how to go about it.

    A government where you did not have to know any Alhaji to get a federal contract or scholarship.

    His Government was corrupt but less corrupt than any Nigerian government, past, present and future.

    Jonathan is truly the best we have had.

    His handlers were just a bunch of loafers.

    I LOVE TRANSFORMATION AGENDA.

    GOD BLESS GEJ
    GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

    • Dazmillion

      I see you are suffering from JONATITIES DEMENTIA. Repent of your support of ultra corrupt criminal Jonathan and you will be set free from the demons of unconscionable corruption that Jonathan released into the Nigerian atmosphere.

      • Intoto

        When your mother gave birth to you her toto sighed

    • Intoto

      Best comment so far.

  • same old lies

    It has been brought to our attention that Premium Times, a popular Nigerian online magazine, has alleged that Chief Femi Fani-Kayode wrote the following words on his Facebook page- ”For rejecting Jonathan, Nigerians deserve Boko Haram”. This is false and, needless to say, Chief Fani-Kayode has never and would never say such a thing or harbor such a horrendous and heartless view.
    For the last few years Chief Fani-Kayode has been one of the loudest and most strident voices against Boko Haram in Nigeria and he has continously and courageously condemned them. He has also continously expressed his grave concerns about the barbarity and sheer evil that they have unleashed on the Nigerian people and he has constantly expressed his condolences to and support for the families whose loved ones have been murdered by them over the years.
    For Premium Times or anyone else to allege that Chief Fani-Kayode wrote that the Nigerian people ”deserve Boko Haram” under any circumstances is not just mischievous but it is also irresponsible and malicious. It is a wicked lie which is designed to endanger the life and reputation of Chief Fani-Kayode and to subject him to public odium, ridicule, outrage and opprobium.
    We challenge anyone that doubts the veracity of our contention to go and read Chief Fani-Kayode’s write-up on his Facebook wall because it is still there. They should point out where President Jonathan’s name was mentioned and they should also point out where he wrote that ”Nigerians deserve Boko Haram”.
    We urge our friends in the media to please check their sources properly before going to press and to quote people accurately. They should also treat such matters in a thoroughly honest and professional manner and with the greatest sensitivity. Since yesterday night we have been inundated with calls from concerned Nigerians about this fake headline and we have had to go to great lengths to set the record straight.

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    • FactsandFigures

      You posted same thing twice with different names. At least, try to be a bit more original.

  • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

    “World’s most ruthless hackers”?? to hack phones?
    Hacking phones is child’s play. Paying N98 million for people to hack phones is just as dumb as PDP paying hundreds of millions of naira for sending messages to cellular phones.

    Hacking is done for fun! Nobody in their right mind would pay anyone to hack anything. The only reason why hacking continues to be a “thing” is because producing evidence of the hack is how newbies introduce themselves to the underworld.

    • redeem

      @wahala put on yr regional thinking cap for once–what would Dickson hack phones for—-u may believe the story cause u are an Ibo man sha——————-before the elections the story was between the wife of the president and Dickson–now that elections are getting closer daily its hacking story–APC will never win Bayelsa –even if Jonathan drops dead now—Niger delta is no go area for the yorubas-

    • akyn

      gaga the transgender

  • another PT lie

    It has been brought to our attention that Premium Times, a popular Nigerian online magazine, has alleged that Chief Femi Fani-Kayode wrote the following words on his Facebook page- ”For rejecting Jonathan, Nigerians deserve Boko Haram”. This is false and, needless to say, Chief Fani-Kayode has never and would never say such a thing or harbor such a horrendous and heartless view.
    For the last few years Chief Fani-Kayode has been one of the loudest and most strident voices against Boko Haram in Nigeria and he has continously and courageously condemned them. He has also continously expressed his grave concerns about the barbarity and sheer evil that they have unleashed on the Nigerian people and he has constantly expressed his condolences to and support for the families whose loved ones have been murdered by them over the years.
    For Premium Times or anyone else to allege that Chief Fani-Kayode wrote that the Nigerian people ”deserve Boko Haram” under any circumstances is not just mischievous but it is also irresponsible and malicious. It is a wicked lie which is designed to endanger the life and reputation of Chief Fani-Kayode and to subject him to public odium, ridicule, outrage and opprobium.
    We challenge anyone that doubts the veracity of our contention to go and read Chief Fani-Kayode’s write-up on his Facebook wall because it is still there. They should point out where President Jonathan’s name was mentioned and they should also point out where he wrote that ”Nigerians deserve Boko Haram”.
    We urge our friends in the media to please check their sources properly before going to press and to quote people accurately. They should also treat such matters in a thoroughly honest and professional manner and with the greatest sensitivity. Since yesterday night we have been inundated with calls from concerned Nigerians about this fake headline and we have had to go to great lengths to set the record straight.

    • Dazmillion

      How much is gigolo Fani paying you?

    • jusu

      I like your oyinbo/grammar. Abi na fine boy Fani Kayode dey write this himself?

      • Intoto

        ” Abi na fine boy Fani Kayode dey write this himself? ”

        Very funny. But you be b a s t a r d sha.

    • FactsandFigures

      There was a first version and a revised version. Anything posted on the net, never really goes away.

  • Chief Ovie Obaro (JP)

    Premium Times should stop being naïve and shamefully petty. Every country does this. It is called espionage. If Bayelsa state did it, because they have the resources to, they should be left alone because they did the right thing. Would you write this if it were Washington or Arizona state that did it? Why is Premium Times scared of monitoring of communication? If you have nothing to hide then why fret?

    Some of us who post comments that are critical of Premium Times and other overly partisan and jaundiced media houses have substantial evidence of attempts to directly and indirectly hack our computers and e-mails. If you (Nigerian media houses) can contract your inexperienced Yoruba boys to hack computers of commentators why then should you feel a state government should not be interested is espionage?

    This is a pure case of the pot calling the kettle black. How does Premium Times get its info? You call your sources ‘informants’, ‘reliable sources’ etc …and you expect every other person to sit and applaud. Nonsense! There is nothing wrong with what Dickson of Bayelsa did. In a country where someone like Buhari who threatened to spill blood on the street became a Presidential aspirant, even after his open disdain for military attacks on Boko haram, it was only natural for any proactive govt like Bayelsa state to take proactive steps. Don’t forget, Bayelsa is the richest state in Nigeria. It is money well spent for a noble course. Period!

    By the way, what is the name of Jonathan doing in your useless story? Blinded by hate, you look for a way to print and smear his name. Buhari travelled for 5hrs and forgot the name of his hostess and the country he was visiting…and it was not front page in your Partisan Times. Nonsense.

    • FactsandFigures

      “Every country does this. It is called espionage”. Bayelsa is not a country. They have no authority to do so under present laws. If this goes any further and names are revealed, Bayelsa had better get ready to pay for some heavy damages. As long as the news is truthful, I do not care whether it is pro APC and/or pro PDP. If Dickson is so sure that he did this with the very best of intentions, he had better come out and defend his actions instead of ducking for cover.

    • Taheer

      So because countries do it makes it legal ryt???

  • Efe

    Isn’t probing of the sponsors of Boko haram a more relevant ‘enterprise’ than this your misplaced sensational story on Bayelsa? This is how you fabricated facebook statements that Fani Kayode never made. From the way you people are going,hell fire will be waiting for you. If it is not Wike of PH today, then it will be Dickson of Bayelsa. There are 35 states in Nigeria. For the past 7 yrs you have not reported on Kebbi state or Zamfara state. Take your miserable eyes off my oil and resources. Leave our leaders alone

    • akyn

      You are a real efefu

    • Intoto

      Thank you

    • Man

      Stop thinking with your ass and talking with your anus. Dimwit.

      • fulani na him get buhari

        the thoughts of an ibo man

    • wikileak will expose APC soon

      Dickson, Dame Patience Jonathan’s rift deepens,First Lady resigns appointment as Bayelsa super Perm Sec

      The First Lady, wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience, has resigned her appointment as a “Super” Permanent Secretary in the Bayelsa State Civil Service.
      It was gathered that the resignation followed alleged final breakdown in relationship between the First Lady and the Governor of the state, Mr. Seriake Dickson.
      Dickson had in July 2012, five months after his inauguration appointed Patience Jonathan, as one of the 17 new permanent secretaries in the state civil service.
      Dickson said the appointment of the First Lady as a permanent secretary was based on the power conferred on him by Section 203 of the constitution.
      He further said it was in recognition of her services to the state and nation adding that she was a directorate level officer in the civil service.
      Sources from the Ministry of Education said the 57-year-old Patience Jonathan left the service voluntarily.
      One of the sources who pleaded anonymity said the First Lady in her letter of resignation opted for voluntary retirement.
      He said the ministry had computed and finalised her terminal benefits already.
      When asked the total amount of her terminal benefits, he said: “Well I don’t know. All I can tell you is that everything has been processed.
      “The whole thing is political. It appears Madam Peace is not happy with the governor. With her resignation, the battle line has been drawn.
      “I feel the President’s wife resigned to enable her to have the moral right to slug it out with Dickson ahead of the governorship poll in the state. Let no one deceive you, the whole thing is politics. After all, she is 57 and the retirement age is 60.”
      The wife of the President has a National Certificate of Education in Mathematics/Biology, which she obtained in 1989 from the Rivers State College of Education.
      She also has a degree in Biology and Psychology (Education) from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
      When contacted, Chief Salo Adikumo, who resigned during the week as Commissioner for Education, said he was no longer the commissioner.
      He said: “I resigned recently as commissioner to enable me to pursue my political ambition. Please direct all your enquiries to the Ministry, ” he said. This story nko

  • dr f. balogun

    Dear Editor,

    Where is Reuben Abati hiding now?

    Are you media men not also part of the problem with Nigeria? But you don’t want to admit.
    Journalists lost respect by NEVER declining any invitation to be Press Secretary to thieves.
    I am not aware that a Nigerian journalist ever refused the offer to work for any official thief.
    Where is REUBEN ABATI by the way? He was given or took lots of money and has run away.

    A loyal press secretary should be busiest at this time and should not be in hiding as he is today.
    President Goodluck Jonathan is now in all sorts of trouble, according to what we read overseas.
    Jonathan is likely en route transfer to The Hague and implicated in Jide Omokore’s $4.5b theft.
    But the more Goodluck Jonathan sinks into the pit the more invisible Reuben Abati has become.

    Where is the Press secretary to Sule Lamido, the freshly jailed ex governor of Jigawa state?
    He too took cover to protect himself in his hiding place, whilst his boss is under lock and key.
    I don’t believe that Nigerian journalists can exonerate themselves from Nigeria’s mess again.
    So long as journalists are purchasable by mis-elected official thieves, journalists are complicit.

    • Eddie Majaro

      NIGERIANS ARE THIEVES; REGARDLESS OF THE TOGA THEY WEAR AS DOCTORS,
      LAWYERS, ENGINEERS, ACCOUNTANTS, JOURNALISTS, BANKERS OR AS SOLDIERS.
      NIGERIA IS THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHERE THEFT IS HAILED AS SUCCESS.

    • wikileak will expose buhari

      He is where—-Tinubu is hiding from saraki———-if a man who claims to be leader of a party cannot install the speeaker of the house and senate president–he should quit politics————-for the USA there is no way buhari would have won the elections———————————never they rigged it for him–let us wait for wikileak final report

  • 车前草和花生

    Most of what they are doing can be accomplished with $50 devices. It does not take a lot of expertise to hack. Building is the difficult part. And it is a lie that they can hack computers that that are shut down or encrypted. If well encrypted, there is no way they can gain access – except they login. Some of the postulations in this story are rubbish. The ignorant can think they are all true.

  • anwari

    They should be used to hack into boko haram’s devices kia kia and get us their sponsors and their modus operandi.

    • ibo man & their biafran drea

      Governor Seriake Dickson on Friday ordered the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, to leave the state and cease campaigning for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election, in what appears a battle between Mr. Dickson and loyalists of the president’s wife who are in charge of the organization in Bayelsa State.

      The decision appears a fallout of deteriorating relations between the governor and Mrs. Jonathan.

      Mrs. Jonathan had earlier resigned from her position as permanent secretary in the Bayelsa State civil service.

      Last week, Governor Dickson fired three loyalists of the first lady from his cabinet, accusing them of disloyalty.

      The governor however denies any rift between him and the First Lady.

      In a press statement Friday signed by the governor’s spokesperson, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Mr. Dickson directed the leadership of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, to immediately leave Bayelsa State.

      The group had for several months staged massive rallies in support of Mr. Jonathan long before the formal kick-off of electioneering in the country. At the time, the group claimed it was campaigning to convince Mr. Jonathan to seek re-election.

      But in a fresh twist in relations between the governor and the wife of the president, whose loyalists are said to be in control of TAN in the state, Mr. Dickson accused the group of promoting subversive activities and inciting crisis and divisions within the PDP in the State.

      Mr. Dickson, who gave the warning at a meeting with the Peoples Democratic Party’s flag bearers for February general elections at the party’s secretariat in Yenagoa, said he is responsible for directing campaigns for Mr. Jonathan in the state.

      He described the PDP in the state as the only recognized political platform and structure saddled with the responsibility of leading the president’s campaign in the state with him as party leader.

      Mr. Dickson said the activities of TAN have outlived their usefulness.

  • Benneth

    If Nigerians understand the ramifications of internet hacking, they will be outraged and afraid by what has just been reported here. Until one day you are told that your bank account has been wiped clean by unknown individuals, then you will understand better. Your ATM machines are internet controlled. They all have SIM cards. People should stop politicizing serious matters in this country. I write with reference to some of the comments I have read here. I think some people don’t actually read through the news. They just read the headline and then start writing comments and attacking each other.

    • paul uka

      if you understand that word yourself yu’l know how untrue this is.”hack computers and phones”to what aim?since you are an expert in the matter oya educate me “all knowledgeable one in hacking affairs’

      • ravenfin

        This is amazing. did you read your comment before posting.. Jesus christ.. “hack computers and phones to what aim” ? seriously.. God.. Nigeria is in trouble

        • Eno Obong

          ravefin, youre jobless yet you dont understand a comment?

          • ravenfin

            I ain’t jobless and don’t have ethnic tinted glasses on..

    • FactsandFigures

      Don’t mind them. The only reason they are posting such nonsense is that they do understand it. They are trying to deflect attention from Dickson(probably his loyalists) from the severity of this crime.

  • APC ati buhari lies

    Governor Seriake Dickson on Friday ordered the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, to leave the state and cease campaigning for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election, in what appears a battle between Mr. Dickson and loyalists of the president’s wife who are in charge of the organization in Bayelsa State.

    The decision appears a fallout of deteriorating relations between the governor and Mrs. Jonathan.

    Mrs. Jonathan had earlier resigned from her position as permanent secretary in the Bayelsa State civil service.

    Last week, Governor Dickson fired three loyalists of the first lady from his cabinet, accusing them of disloyalty.

    The governor however denies any rift between him and the First Lady.

    In a press statement Friday signed by the governor’s spokesperson, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Mr. Dickson directed the leadership of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, to immediately leave Bayelsa State.

    The group had for several months staged massive rallies in support of Mr. Jonathan long before the formal kick-off of electioneering in the country. At the time, the group claimed it was campaigning to convince Mr. Jonathan to seek re-election.

    But in a fresh twist in relations between the governor and the wife of the president, whose loyalists are said to be in control of TAN in the state, Mr. Dickson accused the group of promoting subversive activities and inciting crisis and divisions within the PDP in the State.

    Mr. Dickson, who gave the warning at a meeting with the Peoples Democratic Party’s flag bearers for February general elections at the party’s secretariat in Yenagoa, said he is responsible for directing campaigns for Mr. Jonathan in the state.

    He described the PDP in the state as the only recognized political platform and structure saddled with the responsibility of leading the president’s campaign in the state with him as party leader.

    Mr. Dickson said the activities of TAN have outlived their usefulness. WAS THIS SAME STORY NOT CARRIED BY pREMIUM TIMES TO DISCREDIT DICKSON–WHEN Jonathan WAS IN POWER–

  • APC ati buhari lies

    was there no hacking when Premium times published this story——–

  • Rommel

    A criminal investigation should be opened immediately to find out the “ff”under whose instruction such a thing was carried out,if the national security adviser was aware and not object, who is in charge of protecting Nigeria’s cyberspace,what was the intention of such acts and who the beneficiary of the collected data is and what has been done with the data collected so far,personally,I think that Mr Dickson should lose his immunity as we speak and detained

    • paul uka

      pray sir,why dont you start an investigation right away,or are you too much of a ninny????

  • sadique Ahmed

    This is not new to us, how many times has federal ministry of finance has been hacked and no one talked about it? Amaechi claimed his phone was hacked, Tinubu claimed it as well and now they are saying Bayelsa has done worse. Premium Times and Sahara reporters are the real reason this country is falling apart. Stop pouring gasoline into a try fire wood.

  • sadique Ahmed

    You guys are saying phones where hacked, common give me a break how can you expect the governor to respond to such allegations this is child’s play go and cook up something better.

  • paul uka

    oh plzzzzzzzz do you know how ridiculous this sounds???#premiumtimesISBAREJOKES

  • Fiberesima Paul

    was just surfing the internet when i saw this. looooooooooooooooooool. biggest joke of 2015 so far. is it my phone she hacked? or your own? if he hacked our computers you wouldn’t be posting this without his hackers tampering your c-panel. loooooooooool once again nice propaganda you sold here.

  • fidelisumeh

    Jobless Premium Times. This is the corruption we are talking about. I wonder how much u guys ve bn paid for dis. RUBBISH

  • limosin

    #PREMIUM TIMES your one of the most useless news site online, instead of concentrating on relevant and pressing issues like security, you just collect little change and publish counterfeit news infact my computer was hacked to comment on premium times #looooooool #BASKETMOUHT MUST SEE THIS

  • Fiberesima Paul

    i smell Timi Priye and Timi Alaibe all over this news. Desperate politicians. Bayelsans don’t want a Timi in Creek Valley!

  • Peter Sevendays

    Governor Seriake Dickson should sue premium times for this meaningless and rubbish article

  • kufre charles john

    #PREMIUM TIMES are jobless, they lack current news and all they do is to post rubbish and fake allegations online against our great Gov. Dickson who we all know his good works and agenda for the benefit of great bayelsa. All i know is that my Gov. Dickson is too big to do such things like these.. Great bayelsa be wise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest

    I see that many people here do not understand what hacking is and so do not understand the severity of the matter. It’s a crime to spy on people’s privacy except it’s been ordered by the court or by law against criminals and individuals that are working against the civility of the society. For a state government to hire a foreign firm to spy on citizens not only of that state but of the Country, it a BIG crime.
    Hacking invades privacy which is the right of every law abiding citizen and should not be embarked on by any government, if needed only by the security outfits, not for repression but for security. In this case, the state government has committed a crime against the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and it’s citizens, this should not go away without prosecution else it will set a precedence of oppression by state governments against their citizens.

    • Peter Sevendays

      If Bayelsa state government should sue Premium times for this post, would they be able to provide a concrete evidence for this article? If I were the governor I will make sure they pay heavily for this.

      • Julius

        I bet you they wont sue , because they will never want everybody to know the extents of the operation. I can also bet that the PDP and Jonathan used this service not on behalf of the country but for the party. Stay tuned folks !

      • Guest

        I hope Bayelsa government sue Premium times, hopefully during that process the severity of what they did will come to light! Let them go to Court.

      • FactsandFigures

        Actually if the hacking documents revealed who/what was targeted, they can sue and smile all the way to the bank. You do not understand the severity of this accusation in a democratic government.

    • Brian Tombra

      Mr Guest sorry to say, i feel you are Daft to believe that this article is true, it seems you are a Ghanaian not a Nigerian. do your findings well before you say the state government has committed a crime. if the so called Premium Times claim it was done in 2013, why bringing it out now in 2015? things unprofessional online news sites do to remain relevant, Nigerians are not Daft, we know all these tricks.

      • Guest

        I am a Nigerian to the core, no matter how unprofessional you think these online news outlets are, they will not make such allegations if there was no shred of evidence. The problem with many of you Nigerians is that most of the times you are so blinded with ethnicity that you can’t tell yourselves the truth. From you name I assume you are from Bayelsa and supporting your brother, I can tell you I am from the South aswell and even if the man was from my village or community I will still tell the truth as it is.

        If a crime was committed some days ago and was brought to light today, does that mean it’s not a crime???? If Nigerians stop jumping to support any criminal because they are in office or because they come from the same place, the Country will be a better place for everyone.

        • ravenfin

          beautiful.. don’t mind the dumbos

        • Peter Sevendays

          All these useless media houses should be scrap out this country. I can tell you countless time they have reported fake news.

  • Brian Tombra

    this is is a ridiculous report, the skeletal frame work looks like it emanated from the APC.

  • Eno Obong

    Let me read the second time.

    wait…

    i just dont get how stupid_er the world could get..

    reading the 4th time….

    hahahahahackers???

    tell APC that this is their lame-st stunt so far after the new zara buhari twitter account.

    #merci

  • the_adviser

    A zero here, a zero there, will make you a successful hacker in Nigeria and you can even become a multi billionaire. White collar fraud is the biggest crime in the country.

  • frankokon67

    Premium Times is just a disgrace to the social media news network at large. Cant believe they could be used like this. Really disappointed. I have been in Bayelsa for a long time now, never heard of anything of such. This news is obviously false. You just doing all these to stay relevant in the Nigeria news map.

    • anthony24g

      I hope Bayelsa state government sue Premium Times if the government is not guilty and has
      nothing to hide.

      It is interesting that information provided by sources other than Premium Times about hacking
      dealings of the firm Hacking Team with government in Nigeria is already available on the Internet including the
      cost of the deal. Details about the deal can only be obtained from those keeping the information and it is possible Premium times obtained the details.

      Hacking for security purposes especially for deterring terrorists, criminals, murderers, and corrupt government officials must be viewed as good. However hacking that is meant to damage a lawful person or organisation is unlawful and in UK the hackers and their sponsors have been given jail terms.

  • Peter Sevendays

    If Bayelsa state government should sue Premium times for this post, would they be able to provide a concrete evidence? If I were the governor I will make sure they pay heavily for this

    • anthony24g

      I hope Bayelsa state government sue Premium Times if the government is not guilty and has nothing to hide. It is interesting that information provided by sources other than Premium Times about hacking dealings of the firm Hacking Team with government in Nigeria is already available on the Internet including the cost of the deal. Details about the deal can only be obtained from those keeping the information and it is possible Premium times obtained the details.
      Hacking for security purposes especially for deterring terrorists, criminals, murderers, and corrupt government officials must be viewed as good. However hacking that is meant to damage a lawful person or organisation is unlawful and in UK the hackers and their sponsors have been given jail terms.

    • tundemash

      Did you read this news hugging a bottle ? PT quoted leaked doc, they have not attributed the source of the news to themseoves but i wish your gov can take up the challenge and sue PremiumTimes but the looters are quite wiser than their fan boys like you.

  • jossy reg

    bullshit

  • preye tamuno

    #premium times how possible is it, that someone can hack the whole phones or computer in bayelsa state??? i think if you don’t have interesting news to give out, go and look for some blogging site news to copy and paste, at least they have more fact than you do.. These news you brought out shows that you need more comments of insult. I urge you to unpublished these news

  • burning spear

    why is PT hacking into comments posted on the web against her–

  • Onome Obiaroko

    Just finding a way of distracting the masses and giving us jokes for the weekend #one little advice for you please contact Akpororo, I go die, basketmouth, Alibaba, and AY for more jokes and comedies. Thank you. Dem forget to hack my phone and laptop, na the chargers and batteries dem hack mtcheeeeeeeews . Useless people my joke even sweet pass una own.

  • burning spear

    The Ibos should stop disturbing Dickson and mind their own business

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      How does wasting money on hackers benefit you @deri…..you are a moron !!

      Dickson has since become a fat nincompoop who is obsessed with electronic media,he pays at least 3 websites to publish him even when he goes to poop in the toilet but just take a good look at his state,WHERE IS ALL THE MONEY ALLOCATED TO THAT STATE ? The man is a disappointment !!

      • paul uka

        are you speaking based on facts or heresay?? you need to get informed so you dont infect us with your asininity

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Where is the 13% derivative ? Yenogoa is a pathetically under developed capital while the rest of the state is derelict while Dickson grows fatter and unhealthy.The man Dickson spends half his life eating and drinking,he is more interested in politicking instead of developing his state. Do you think Nigerians do not know? the man is a joke !!

          • Kio

            How can it be developed when all the parasites from the North & West come with thier stinking begging bowls every month? If you think Dickson is fat then take a look at Fashola’s stomach in proportion to the rest of his body. Dickson is naturally healthy and big. He eats fresh vegetables and fish with fresh palm oil and palm wine all from the river side. Every Niger Deltan is ‘robust’ and not pale & hungry looking like your Bokohari and Kwankwanso. Bros Jona, Dickson, Uduagham, Apkabio, Oshioms, etc of the Niger Delta are all healthy looking and clean shaven. So it is a function of the resources at your disposal. When you see former Zamfara state gov or any aboki with unkempt beards then you know it is part of poverty not necessarily his faith.

          • Peter Sevendays

            You’re a moron. PT need to be shutdown completely for reporting fake news to the society, so they can learn to report accurately..

          • TRUE TALK

            @TAWANDA
            You sound jealous.. and that why you’ll always remain the way you’re, not progressing… I think you want Dickson give money for food cos you sound like an hungry man… You’re a lazy man, go and work to eat. Lazy nincompoop..

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            If you elect me Governor,I will deliver more and will not grow fat and lazy like Dickson….that is for sure !!

          • TRUE TALK

            Lolx. in your whole life, you can never even attempt for the seat for house of rep. rather than governor. Just go and keep sleeping…

  • TRUE TALK

    #premium times are just making fools of themselves, they have showed they world how irresponsible they are.

    • tundemash

      Mr. D@ft, use the internet to search for info. Google the firm Hacking Team. PT merely reported leaked docs from hacking team.
      If PremiumTimes are making a f00l of themselves, how come you are here daily ?

      • Eno Obong

        tundemash you’re one funny bloke. you think is every body like you. you’re soo gullible.

        • ravenfin

          i feel sorry for people like you.. always looking for an excuse.. i’m sure BBC and CNN who are reporting the same news got their information from premium times.. dummy

          • Eno Obong

            dont feel sorry for me, you dont have a life nah. ure here defending a random accusation with no counter fact, just like the invisible chibok girls.

          • ravenfin

            you need help abeg.. it hurts you so much that Buhari won the election.. if you like make steam comot from your ears.. he is still your president and there is nothing you can do about it.. Random accusations you say… i pity your level of understanding, there is something called research.. go online and do some. Moron

        • tundemash

          A man who claimd he voted in a candidate but not the party the candidate belongs to is saying someone is gullible ……that is a very rich from a creek rat !

      • NO EDITORIAL JUDGEMENT-

        IS THAT THEY PT————-REFUSED TO PUT ON THEIR THINKING CAP———————CALLED EDITORIAL JUDGEMENT——————-IF THEY HAVE ANY

        • tundemash

          And what is that editorial judgement ? Steer clear of words that has no meaning else you expose your stup1dity !

  • Guest

    I hope the Federal Government do something about this. This is a fight against the citizens of Nigeria, invasion of privacy. The FG must bring to justice those behind these crimes and shady deals, meant to intimidate Nigerians.

    • emmanuel

      Lets bring to justice those behind Boko haram. That is a more exigent task. Besides, there is nothing like absolute privacy. Bayelsa state reserves the right to secure the interests of its peoples. It is called ‘surveillance’. or ‘information gathering’ etc. Dont speak ignorantly because mouth is part of your body or make juvenile comments because you have access to a PC and internet.

      • Guest

        The last sentence you wrote also applies to you. It’s all a crime, whether Boko Haram, Hacking, Stealing…. The duty of the state government is not to carry out surveillance, that is the duty of the security outfits. The only reason I see them doing it is for political reasons only.

        You call yourself very enlightened yet you can’t admit that what was wrong was wrong. Yes I agree that there are more pressing issues, but come on we are a country of over 150 million people, can’t be tackle all these problems at once? It’s like saying that we should stop prosecuting armed robbers till we finish dealing with boko Haram. Think before you start calling people ignorant.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Why is Dickson using a walking stick at his age ? Could it be that he is now so fat that his legs cannot support his over weight bulk ? …….and where on earth is the 13% derivative,the entire state seems to be a slum ?

  • Observer

    “This is a pure case of the pot calling the kettle black. How does Premium Times get its info? You call your sources ‘informants’, ‘reliable sources’ etc …and you expect every other person to sit and applaud. Nonsense! There is nothing wrong with what Dickson of Bayelsa did. In a country where someone like Buhari who threatened to spill blood on the street became a Presidential aspirant, even after his open disdain for military attacks on Boko haram, it was only natural for any proactive govt like Bayelsa state to take proactive steps. Don’t forget, Bayelsa is the richest state in Nigeria. It is money well spent for a noble course. Period!

    By the way, what is the name of Jonathan doing in your useless story? Blinded by hate, you look for a way to print and smear his name. Buhari travelled for 5hrs and forgot the name of his hostess and the country he was visiting…and it was not front page in your Partisan Times. Nonsense. “. – @ Chief Ovie Obaro (JP)

    @ Chief Ovie Obaro, Thank you for the wonderful post.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Mr Dickson’s obesity is a medical condition which the Bayelsa folk need to do something about,it is indeed worrisome !!

      • Fiberesima Paul

        eyaa. that is your problem? then this argument is not for you obviously

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Premium Times should spend time on better stories.. INVESTIGating the sponsors of Boko hjaram is more pertinent to Nigerians now. Dissipate your energy on that and not this irrelevant story. States have a security vote and Bayelsa state deserves commendation for its wise spending.

  • Mr. Carl

    Premium Times is making a good job of turning itself into a tabloid.

    This report is all misleading. It starts with a headline claiming that the Bayelsa State Government hired the hackers. Then in the report it says. “Hacking Team did not sell its software directly to the Bayelsa state government. The transaction was channeled through an Israeli company, NICE, and then V&V Nigeria.” In order wards, the Bayelsa state government didn’t have a hand in the transaction. Just someone claiming to represent them. No proof. Just a claim.

    Basically, the next time i go online to buy a sex toy on Amazon. i’ll put Buhari’s name as the intended recieiver. With any luck, the next morning I’ll see a Premium Times headline that says “Breaking News. Buhari orders 9-inch dildoes for his harem”

    This isn’t even lazy journalism. Its showmanship for hire. The worst kind of online print.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      OK,where is the 13% derivative na ?

      • Fiberesima Paul

        do you want to pay your school fees with it homie?

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Dickson has grown too fat,he is unable to think and operate like a healthy guy….Where is the 13% derivative ? the whole state is a derelict slum without basic amenities !!

  • sammyctu ode

    This is how many Nigerian useless governors spend the resources of their states on unproductive ventures thereby denying their people of much needed developments. That was how uduaghan left a debt profile of N773 Billion in Deta while the people of delta state were sleeping and drinking ogogoro and then turn around and tell us it’s their oil money while they continue to be poor.

    • Sparzo

      Seems the people are still sleeping and drinking ogogoro.
      They are saying the Hacking Team does not exist.
      That this Ibo newspaper made hacking team up, to cause them wahala.

      • moses

        so you listen to this useless news sorry your also a useless person,

        • Sparzo

          You lot are for real!

          Unbelievable,

  • TRUE TALK

    #premium times are just making fools of themselves, they have showed they world how irresponsible they are.

  • TRUE TALK

    #premium times how possible is it, that someone can hack the whole phones or computer in bayelsa state??? i think if you don’t have interesting news to give out, go and look for some blogging site news to copy and paste, at least they have more fact than you do.. These news you brought out shows that you need more comments of insult. I urge you to unpublished these news

    • Mathew Eminike

      Please tell them APC town criers all they do is make noice. They should go to the north and give us relevant news not irrelevant ones.

  • mohammed lukil

    Premium times is APC town crier they say what their masters want them to say which makes them irrelevant like they used to be. You guys have dropped your integrity drastically so i find this information of no use to me.

  • TRUE TALK

    #PREMIUM TIMES are jobless, they lack current news and all they do is to post rubbish and fake allegations online against Gov. Dickson who we all know him for his good works and agenda for the benefit of great bayelsa

  • Mathew Eminike

    Gov. Dickson is not done with Bayelsa state, he met the state in shambles not he is fixing it up haters will always hate. I am using a touch i wish this premium times them selves will be hacked rubbish.

    • sadique Ahmed

      I wish those so called hackers will hack into this PT people, so as to know the real meaning of hackers.

  • maduabuchi

    Lets get logical here premium times if you publish articles on important relevant and life treathening issues like #bokoharam #security i think it will go a long way, not given us unjustified stories that will not change the fact that all of us as citizens of Nigeria are being treathened by security lapses and challeges the country is facing now, you dont know were the next bomb will explode which makes you and i unsafe, i feel you should publish more important articles and leave jokes aside, hacker this hacker that total rubbish

    • Buchi Emmanuel

      i really wish they could put their reporting to good use. they should avoid diverting the public from more relevant issues crippling the society. i really wish

  • kufre charles john

    #Premium Times is been power by APC and Boko haram attack worse under the administration of Buhari. that means to say, very soon boko haram will catch on premium times cos birds of the same feathers fly together… the most Rubbish newspapers online…

  • mikealarin

    I hate fake post….. premium times unpunished this nonsense post

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  • emmanuel

    Ogundamisi and Sowore are very busy with the assignment the APC and satan handed to them and they seem to be doing well on evil!
    Jonathan always insisted that stealing is not corruption and that corruption was the manipulation of opportunities to satisfy selfish interest – PT and SR are very corrupt news mediums.